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What will I learn?


This Masters course focuses on scientific, technical and computational aspects of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Geographical Information Science (GIScience), with particular reference to the socioeconomic and environmental sciences. It provides highly qualified and motivated students sought by employers in the sector.

Core modules introduce GIS, a rapidly evolving area in business, health and planning settings, as well as in environmental applications. You will be introduced to GIS packages and database systems, useful for those wanting to undertake social and environmental science research and those wanting to understand the application of geotechnology as practitioners. You’ll study theories and concepts underpinning GIS and explore topics including spatial data models, data capture, spatial analysis and statistical and mathematical modelling. Optional modules allow you to focus on quantitative human geography, environmental applications and programming GIS.

Other Study Options

This programme is also available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Learning and teaching

The programme manager is Dr Paul Norman.

Teaching will be through workshops, seminars, presentations, practicals and lectures, depending on the modules you choose. We have a dedicated postgraduate computer lab to which you will have 24 hour access and this is the lab used for workshops, practicals, etc.


Assessment is through coursework with no exams.

There is a mix of essays, workbooks / reports. Practical work and assignments are based on the analysis of real world datasets much of which stems from research in which the teaching staff have been involved. Most modules have assessment part way through the semester and then a further assessment at the end.

Career opportunities

Here are some examples of the roles that our recent graduates have gone into:

  • Software Tester, Rock Deformation Research Ltd
  • GIS Analyst and Trainer, The University of Southampton
  • GIS Specialist, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Information Geoscientist, First Quantum Minerals
  • GIS Analyst, RPS Group
  • GIS Analyst, ECOWAS Commission
  • GIS Consultant, UNEP Afghanistan
  • Senior Surveyor, Murphy Surveys

Which department am I in?

School of Geography

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
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Start date

Expected September 2021


University of Leeds

Woodhouse Lane,


LS2 9JT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For Postgraduate qualification, students need to have 4 year Bachelors: for courses requiring 2.1 students need to have a GPA of 3.0; for courses requiring 2.2 students need to have a GPA of 2.5. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill.

For international students

Students need a bachelor degree in geography or a related subject at 2:1 (hons) or its equivalent. Relevant work experience and training courses are viewed positively and are taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade falls below the normal minimum requirement. Students without a background in geography but who have a degree that demonstrates good numeracy and/or computing skills are encouraged to apply. We accept a range of International Qualifications. Students must have an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing. Pearson (Academic) of 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component. Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of 176 overall with no less than 169 in any component. Trinity College Integrated Skills in English a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The University of Leeds ranks 11th in the UK for geography and environmental sciences and 1st for food science and nutrition (CUG 2020).

  • Tackles planet’s most pressing environmental challenges
  • Research-based learning environment
  • Students learn from scientists’ knowledge and expertise
  • Opportunities for industrial placement year